African Development Bank/Nairobi Innovation Week High 5s Startup Challenge 2018 for East Africans (Fully-funded)

African Development Bank/Nairobi Innovation Week High 5s Startup Challenge 2018 for East Africans (Fully-funded)

Deadline: February 23, 2018

The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) has launched the High 5s Startup Challenge 2018. The joint innovation challenge that focuses on the Bank’s High 5 priorities; Light up and power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

The African Development Bank is stepping up the pace by focusing on five priorities that are crucial for accelerating Africa’s economic transformation. The Bank calls them the “High 5s”:

  • Light up and power Africa: The AfDB is working to unify efforts to achieve universal access to energy. Its new Energy Strategy aims to increase energy production and access, and improve affordability, reliability and energy efficiency.
  • Feed Africa: The Bank is framing its agricultural operations within a business-oriented approach, based on a deeper understanding of the obstacles, potential and investment opportunities.
  • Industrialize Africa: Over the next 10 years, the Bank will invest US $3.5 billion per year through direct financing and leveraging to implement six flagship industrialization programmes in areas where the AfDB can best leverage its experience, capabilities and finances.
  • Integrate Africa: Through its Regional Integration Policy and Strategy, the Bank is focusing its integration efforts not just on movement of goods and services but also on mobility of people and investment.
  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa: The Bank is committed to building up the availability of technical skills so that African economies can realize their full potential in high-technology sectors. the Bank will nearly triple its annual climate financing to reach $5 billion a year by 2020.

Benefits

For Top 5

  • Travel costs to attend the NIW 2018 (a roundtrip economy class ticket and accommodation if coming from outside Kenya.
  • An award of USD 1000 to support the innovation.
  • A placard in recognition of the innovation.
  • Opportunity to exhibit the innovation at the NIW2018.
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with the Director General AfDB, East Africa Regional Development and business-orientedness Delivery Office.

For Top 50

  • Be featured in the AfDB-NIW Special Edition Innovation Journal that will be a compendium of promising innovations from the region
  • Have your profile displayed on the NIW.Startups, a platform for recognizing promising startups in the region

Eligibility

Have an innovation addressing one of the AfDB High 5 priorities, namely:

  • Be from the countries listed above: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia
  • Have an innovation addressing one of the AfDB High 5 pillars, namely:
  • Light up and power Africa
  • Feed Africa
  • Industrialize Africa
  • Integrate Africa
  • Improve the quality of life for the people of Africa

Interested Innovators should;

  • Be over 18 years
  • Submit a complete and eligible application
  • Have a product or service that already has users or customers
  • Have some market traction
  • Have a clear business and operational model
  • Have an existing team in the start-up
  • Demonstrate impact
  • Demonstrate evidence of sustainability
  • Illustrate how their innovation addresses gender equality’

Application

Winners will be announced on 28th February, 2018

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit High 5s Startup Challenge.

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